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Physics and Astronomy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Physics and Astronomy



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Justin Niedermeyer and Peter Engels

Our goal is to provide a 10-week research experience to undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds. These students will work on their own research project together with a faculty mentor in physics and astronomy and a team of graduate students and postdocs within a research group. Example projects span four major themes described below connected by the common concept of waves. The REU program synergizes with other interdisciplinary STEM summer research programs across the Washington State University (WSU) campus in Pullman Washington to enable unique social activities and professional development opportunities. The end of the internship culminates in a poster presentation at the WSU Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in early August.

In addition to a $6000 stipend, student travel and housing are covered as well as a paid 1-day trip to tour the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) to hear from scientists there about their experiences in research and professional career opportunities. In accordance with WA state Governor’s Proclamation 21.14.2 as a condition of employment, all participants must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by the first day of work. More info is at this link.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2023 – Application Information

For general inquiries please email

Program Directors: Brian A. Collins & Anya Guy

Support for this program comes from the National Science Foundation and Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Inland Northwest in the Summer!

  • Jet boat tour of Hells Canyon
  • Native American Cultural Events
  • White Water Rafting
  • Mountain Hiking/Camping
  • Fly Fishing


Official Day Trip to LIGO and PNNL!

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, Hanford, WA



Professional Development and Networking

Offered Every Year

  • Minicourse on how to conduct effective research
  • Workshop on writing scientific abstracts
  • Workshop on making a scientific poster
  • Workshop on applying to graduate school
  • WSU Summer Research Symposium: Present your poster with 80 other Undergraduate STEM students from interdisciplinary fields across the WSU campus